With Jonah Hex about to be introduced on The CW’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ it should be no surprise that Josh Brolin was asked about his take on the character. But what might be surprising to some is that he hated the film more than we did!
It isn’t often that an actor is so vocal about his disdain for a role so it is fun to see that he agrees with us. As to why he hated the film? Brolin explains that what was pitched to him was very different than the movie that we ended up seeing:
“Oh, Jonah Hex, hated it. Hated it. The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days and that being… Listen, I understand it’s financiers, you’re trying to save their money and it becomes a financial thing, but if — there’s this thing called revenge trading. And I’m disciplined enough to know you never do it.”
So if things got reshot so much what did he actually want to do with the movie?
“I remember when I was talking to Warner Bros. about doing that movie, ‘High Plains Drifter’ is what I put on the TV, I said, ‘That’s what I wanna do.’ I would do that movie still. If I ever had the balls to spend $5 million, which I don’t, I would do that movie, ’cause that’s the version of that movie that would have been successful, for sure. And it didn’t need to cost anything more than $8-$10 million.”
It actually sounds that not only was he excited for the original premise of the film but that he would happily have remade it on a lower budget if it meant doing the film that was originally planned. Hopefully for fans of the character we’ll see Johnathon Schaech having a better chance at portraying the character properly on ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.
Do you wish Brolin’s take on ‘Jonah Hex’ had gotten the original treatment that had been proposed? Are you looking forward to the televised take on the character? Share your thoughts in the comments below!